22 October 1999

USING THE MILLENNIUM

BUG GUIDE OPPOSITE

Heres how to use the guide opposite: (1) Check through the relevant section of the table. (2) If your software/equipment is listed, look to see whether its:

&#8226 Year 2000-ready

&#8226 Year 2000-ready with minor issues

&#8226 Not Year 2000-ready

Year 2000-ready means what it says, though thats the manufacturers belief rather than the result of independent testing. So if its a critical piece of equipment, its still worth having a contingency plan to hand in case anything goes wrong.

Year 2000-ready with minor issues. This generally means that dates after Jan 1 may be displayed in an abnormal manner, but that the actual day-to-day running of the software or equipment shouldnt be affected. However be careful when transferring data from software affected in his way – it may become corrupted or not perform as its supposed to.

Not Year 2000-ready. Could be all sorts of things (see individual entries for details).

(3) Not sure what the entry in the table means? More information is available from Data Dimensions (who compiled the table) on 01844-219930 (tel) 01844-219938 (fax) or bob-pawson@data-dimensions.com. Cost is £10.

(4) If the software or equipment youre checking on is not here, the following options are available:

&#8226 Contact the manufacturer. But you need to establish whether theyre using the correct definition of Year 2000-ready. If you want a guide on how to do it, you can still get hold of useful millennium bug guides from MAFF. Phone 0645 556000 and quote the title and reference number when ordering. These are: PB4202 Cattle & Sheep Farms, PB4203 Arable Farming, PB4204 Diversified Farms, PB4206 Horticulture, PB4207 Poultry Farming and PB4208 Pig Farming.

&#8226 Data Dimensions (see contact numbers above) can provide Year 2000-readiness data on products not in this guide. Cost is £150.

&#8226 Action 2000 (the government organisation responsible for co-ordinating Year 2000 matters) has more data on mainstream software products (ie Windows, Excel etc) on its website. Look under www.bug2000.co.uk.

PS: You will see (here and elsewhere) suggested software fixes, by which you can make your equipment Year 2000-ready by downloading a fix from the internet. Some of these can only be done by an IT professional, others can be done by users. But only tackle it if youre happy doing so.

Farming Area: Agricultural Tractors and Heavy Machinery

Manufacturer Product Millennium status

Case UK

Caterpillar

Claas

Holder Tractors

Honda (UK)

JCB Landpower

John Deere

Massey Ferguson

New Holland

All products

All products

All machinery

A60 and 660 series

All terrain vehicles

All products

All products

4000 series

All products

Year 2000-ready.

Action required

These products should handle the Year 2000 with no changes. Check the Year 2000 readiness of all products that exchange dates with these products.

Manufacturer Product Millennium status

Massey Ferguson

6000 and 8000 series with Datatronic II option

Year 2000-ready with minor issues.

Action required

The Datatronic II option will not recognise the Year 2000 as a leap year. The correct date should be manually reset on 1st March by inputting "010300".

Farming Area: Power and Electrical Equipment

Manufacturer Product Millennium status

Brimotor

Claude Lyons

Honda (UK) Power Equipment Division.

N.J. Froment

Suzuki GB

UNICO

Generators

Hi-Lo protectors

Inverters

Uninterruptable power supplies

Voltage stabilisers

Generators

Water pumps

Dynamometer and Magnate

All power products

Flux vector drives (Series 1000)

Phase converting drive (1110 AC)

Pump off control (803965)

Two and four pump control software

Year 2000-ready.

Action required

These products should handle the Year 2000 with no changes. Check the Year 2000 readiness of all products that exchange dates with these products.

Farming Area: Environmental Control

Manufacturer Product Millennium status

Bush Nelson Plc.

EB Equipment Ltd.

Ebm-Ziehl (UK) Ltd.

Farm Electronics

Mueller Refrigeration

Protimeter Plc.

Thermo-Air (UK) Ltd.

Vostermans BV

Westney International

Heating systems

Ventilation systems

Storage systems

AC and DC driven fans

Cropscan OC8 and 16.2

Croptemp

HiPerform circuit boards

Sentry PLCs

Grainmaster 900E (GRN6101)

Grainmini V (GRN6200 and GRN7080)

Heating systems

Ventilation systems

Multifans

Varifans

Grain storage equipment

Grain handling equipment

Year 2000-ready.

These products should handle the Year 2000 with no changes. Check the Year 2000 readiness of all products that exchange dates with these products.

Manufacturer Product Millennium status

Farm Electronics

Cropscan Datalog

Year 2000-ready with minor issues.

Action required

This product will not recognise the Year 2000 as a leap year.